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Kevin Rothrock

Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes. Now also a producer of Meduza‘s English-language edition.

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Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock

25 February 2015

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Women Under 40 from Smoking

RuNet Echo

“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”

18 February 2015

Trolling Russia's Hearts and Minds

RuNet Echo

Last week, users of the image-board 2ch.hk launched a campaign to test Russians’ gullibility, when it comes to information about the Donbas separatists’ “fallen heroes.”

13 February 2015

Russia Says You Can't Mention Ukrainian Nationalists, Unless You Say They're Bad

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

One permitted way to mention such organizations it to do so "in a negative light, ascribing them characteristics like 'radical,' 'extremist,' or 'nationalist.'"

9 February 2015

Twitter's New Transparency Report Shows Massive Spike in Demands from Russia

RuNet Echo

"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.

8 February 2015

Bot Wave Tries to Remind Russians of Rosier Olympic Times

RuNet Echo

Facing economic crisis at home and armed conflict in Ukraine, there has been a concerted effort across the airwaves to remind Russians about the anniversary the country’s 2014 Olympic triumph.

5 February 2015

Barack Obama and Russia's Puppet Assassin

RuNet Echo

The children in Altai are in for some curious February entertainment, as a the organizers of a local festival ponder executing or burning in effigy a Barack Obama doll.

22 January 2015

Russian Politician Tells Public to ‘Eat Less,’ As Food Prices Rise

RuNet Echo

“If you’re short on money,” Gaffner said, “just remember that we’re all Russian citizens. We just need to give some thought to our health and eat a bit less.”

14 January 2015

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

What Snow Can Tell You About Russia's Local Politics

RuNet Echo

Russia is notorious for having a weak civil society and an oppressive government, but that reputation isn't equally deserved throughout the country.

8 January 2015

Meet Russia's 369 Kremlin-Registered Bloggers

RuNet Echo

What are the websites that populate Russia’s blogger registry, which is supposedly the Kremlin’s handpicked collection of the nation’s most read web pages?

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